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I see myself as the guardian of each student’s childhood, and am committed to filling their days with learning that is significant and meaningful. How do we do that at Mirowitz? Check back here weekly for a window into our school. I will post here on topics ranging academic excellence, meaningful Jewish learning and empowering children to make a difference.

– Cheryl Maayan

Thank you, Ronnie

February 17, 2015

Thank you, Ronnie I was honored to be invited to share these words at the funeral of our school’s dear friend and benefactor, Ronnie Chod: The first time we met, he told me to call him Ronnie, not Mr. Chod. I quickly learned that that’s...
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Favorite Memories

February 8, 2015

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE MEMORIES? What memories stand out from your years in elementary school? The cafeteria food? Recess? Getting caught chewing gum in class? This week, I asked a few of our older students about their favorite school memories. Here are the answers they...
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Measuring Success

February 1, 2015

MEASURING SUCCESS Someone asked me recently how we measure our success.  My answer was threefold: Leadership:  We intentionally nourish leadership skills in our students. Drama class enhances poise in front of an audience. Torah reading and preparation builds grit and confidence. Frequent projects and presentations...
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Providing the Best

January 25, 2015

“How do you know you are providing the best?” I was asked at our parent coffee this morning, “How do you know you are providing a program that is on par with the best schools?”   I love that question…and could talk about it all...
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The Name You Earn

January 18, 2015

THE NAME YOU EARN In Jewish tradition, you are called by three names : one your parents call you, one you call yourself, and one you earn for yourself. The last one is the best of all. – Midrash Tanhuma What kind of name do...
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M’bebo Africa

January 12, 2015

“M’bebo Africa” (I am from Africa.) Where are you from?  Mr. Diadie, our African Dance teacher, was surprised by the responses he got when he said “M’bebo Africa” in his native African tongue, Bamanakan. Among the chorus of Mirowitz students who answered “M’bebo (I’m from) America!”...
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Through Jewish Eyes

January 5, 2015

Seeing the world through Jewish eyes People are skeptical when I tell them that we integrate Jewish learning into every subject here at Mirowitz. Math? Yep! Science? You bet! Writing? That’s an easy one. P.E.? That, too! If you’d peeked into our classrooms this week,...
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Fail Forward

December 15, 2014

STEAM TEACHES A LIFE LESSON: FAIL FORWARD Wondering what kind of educators would expect children to fail? Here at Mirowitz, we teach children to “fail forward. Innovators have to live with uncertainty, ambiguity, failure and resilience. They have to experiment by designing and re-designing and...
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Pluralism

December 6, 2014

Pluralism: An Energetic Engagement with Diversity What does it mean to be a member of a pluralistic Jewish community? Exploring this question has become part of our school’s strategic plan, and we invite you to join the conversation with us. If we each deepen our...
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Your Extra Time

December 1, 2014

How will you use your extra time? Reb Scott posed that question to inquiring middle schoolers before they left for Thanksgiving vacation. Taking in the sobering events of last night, our teen students considered what they could do over this holiday to participate in the...
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